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I recently purchased this lens as my first telephoto lens for my new(ish) Nikon D70, currently only trusting Nikkor lenses (literally can't afford for it not to be good quality). I've tried it out a handful of times, on architecture and portrait photography mostly. As a "rookie" to photography I thought I would look for my first telephoto lens to be within a reasonable budget, this is what I came up with after having a look around.
The lens is very well built and sturdy, relatively heavy but I doubt I would be able to feel much of a weight loss between lenses, what's a couple of grams eh? So far its produced sharp images when using a tripod (without VR (vibration reduction) your never going to be able to hold a 300mm lens x 1.4 by hand without blurring the image, either that or I have horrible technique). The main hit I felt when I tried out this lens for the first time, was how long and noisy the Auto Focus was, often going straight past the right focus, back and forth several times, even with a well defined edge to focus on, what I often seem to do is get it about in focus with Manual Focus then switching to AF and letting that get it exactly in focus, I often have time to do this, but I can definitely see this hitting someone who needs to take nature photography or sports?
Overall, for the price, a very respectable lens, but if you don't have the time to MF, I recommend you look about for a slightly more expensive lens. Good luck people.
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Hunting to focus is quite a common problem with the longer focal length zoom lenses so its nothing to worry about.
marylou2u 12.11.2005 22:11
No your technique isn't bad as it'll be almost impossible to prevent shake holding that thing. I'm so jealous, when I learned photography I had the old SLR, dark room method and I haven't kept up with the digital age of photography.
elephants69food_0 12.11.2005 21:18
a little more info is needed but a great strart - em x